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2019 Novel Coronavirus Infection Outbreak update

Public health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador, in conjunction with Public Health Agency of Canada officials and other provincial and territorial public health officials, have been closely monitoring novel coronavirus.

At this time, assessment of overall public health risk to Canadians remains low.

Anyone who has been in Hubei province, China in the 14 days prior to their return to Canada is being asked to self-isolate (away from work and school) and monitor themselves and their children closely. The self-isolation period is 14 days from their last day in Hubei province. Those in self-isolation can receive supporting health information from Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health by contacting 811.

People who have travelled from any other part of China in the 14 days prior to their return to Canada are asked to closely monitor their health and contact 811 if you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

These timelines apply to those newly arrived in Canada and those who have already returned. Anyone who meets either of the above criteria who develops a fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call 811 to receive further information.

Screening is in place at ten Canadian airports. People who have been in Hubei province, China in the 14 days prior to their return to Canada will be asked questions about their health by Canada Border Services Agency personnel and provided information about symptoms and self-isolation, if applicable.

Newfoundland and Labrador public health officials are working closely with their colleagues across Canada to make sure cases of coronavirus are quickly identified and managed.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

Currently there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in NL.

For the most up-to-date information related to confirmed cases in our province and/or across the country, please visit: external link

Frequently Asked Questions

Signs and Symptoms

If you have traveled to the Hubei Province in China, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, or someone that is ill and has traveled to Hubei Province within the last 14 days, it is important to monitor for the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia in both lungs


  • There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own.
  • If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, see your health care practitioner. They can relieve symptoms by prescribing medication for pain and/or fever.

How to Protect Yourself

To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including coronaviruses, you should follow usual health precautions such as:

  • Washing your hands often
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • Practising proper cough and sneeze etiquette

If you are travelling to an area known to have cases of coronavirus, be sure to avoid:

  • High-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets and areas where animals may be slaughtered
  • Contact with animals (alive or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds
  • Surfaces with animal droppings or secretions on them

If you have traveled to Hubei province in China or have been in contact with a suspect or confirmed case of 2019-nCoV and have symptoms mentioned above, you may be at risk.

  • Avoid contact with others and follow-up with your health care provider or call the NL Healthline at 811.

Tell your health care provider:

  • Your symptoms and when they started
  • Where you have been travelling
  • Where you live and if you live alone or with others
  • If you have had close contact with a sick person, especially if they have had fever, cough or difficulty breathing

Information for Travelers

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a Travel Health Notice for individuals travelling to and returning from China, including recommendations for travelers to Hubei province, China.

For the latest information related to travel advisories, please visit: external link

Information for Health Care Professionals

For more information related to the novel coronavirus:

Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions: external link

Novel Coronavirus Information Sheet external link

World Health Organization: external link

811 HealthLine: external link

Novel Coronavirus General Information for NL PDF Icon (386 KB)

Coronavirus Information for Employers PDF Icon (439 KB)

Coronavirus Information for Schools and Daycares PDF Icon (403 KB)

Coronavirus First Responder Information - Feb 10 2020 PDF Icon (152 KB)

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